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Sweetened Condensed Milk Fudge

Sweetened Condensed Milk Fudge
Fudge is a rich, easy to make candy that will always satisfy the sweet tooth of a chocoholic. I like to make it around the because it makes a good gift and is very easy to ship, since you don’t have to worry about anything going stale between the time you make it and the time that your recipient gets the package.

This is a plain dark chocolate fudge that uses sweetened condensed milk. The sweetened condensed milk is very sweet and creamy, and it makes for a fudge that is quite smooth and has none of that grainy texture that you will find in some fudge recipes. It is also a neat ingredient because it allows you to streamline the process of making fudge and eliminates the need for using a candy thermometer. I add a little vanilla and a pinch of salt to the fudge to smooth out the darker notes of the dark chocolate. The finished fudge has a great dark chocolate flavor, a very rich texture and a hint of vanilla in the finish.

The easiest chocolates to use for making a fudge recipe like this one are semisweet chocolate chips, which are a type of dark chocolate. Since you really taste the chocolate flavor in the finished fudge, however, I recommend taking a little time to make sure you are using a dark chocolate that you really like the flavor of (I used Callebaut, but have also used Guittard chocolate for this). You will notice a difference in the finished fudge when you start with a higher quality chocolate at the beginning.

This fudge keeps very well when stored in an airtight container. I prefer to stack the pieces with sheets of parchment paper in between the squares to keep them from sticking together until they can all be eaten. I recommend cutting the fudge into small squares, as it is quite rich and large, brownie-sized pieces might be a little too much.

Sweetened Condensed Milk Fudge
16-oz dark chocolate*, chopped
2-oz (4 tbsp) butter, room temperature
14 oz. (1 can) sweetened condensed milk
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and very lightly grease it.
In a medium saucepan, combine dark chocolate, butter, sweetened condensed milk and salt. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
Pour into prepared pan and allow fudge to set up completely until firm, 4-6 hours.
Use the handles of the foil to lift the fudge out of the pan. Cut into small squares using a sharp knife.

Makes approx 48 pieces.

*Note: Semisweet chocolate chips are ok to use. I recommend using a good quality dark chocolate about 60-65% cacao – if you use chocolate that is too dark, your fudge might not be sweet enough.

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  • katie Apple&Spice
    December 19, 2012

    One of my freinds has requested homemade fudge this year as a gift. Thinks looks the perfect recipe. So smooth and creamy looking.
    Happy holidays!

  • Preveena
    December 21, 2012

    This recipe is just perfect and so easy, i am definitely going to make this.

  • Chocolate Cake Blog
    December 29, 2012

    Looks sensational and so easy and most importantly it has oodles of chocolate in it!

  • Saoki
    December 31, 2012

    It took me a few seconds to realize that it’s the recipe for Brigadeiro, a traditional Brazillian sweet. Of course, we either shape it as tiny fudge balls rolled into grated chocolate (or cocoa powder) or just eat it out of the pan, with a spoon, but the bars sound like a good idea.

  • vircinia
    November 12, 2013

    I plan to make a lot of your fudge and give it as gifts to my children this Christmas season.
    How long will it keep fresh and good?

  • Nicole
    November 14, 2013

    Vircinia – This should keep for at least two weeks in an airtight container.

  • Kas
    November 28, 2013

    My fudge doesn’t seem to firm up… Any suggestions .. What am I doing wrong ?

  • ara
    January 5, 2017

    Kas, I doubt you’ll see this but add more chocolate. The dark or unsweetened kind seems to set more firmly.

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